Business Economics

, Volume 53, Issue 4, pp 209–224 | Cite as

Retirement concerns and planning of cooperative members: a study in the Dutch healthcare sector

  • George ApostolakisEmail author
  • Gert Van Dijk
Original Article


Retirement planning is a key component in achieving goals and fulfilling expectations. Although several socioeconomic and psychological factors associated with retirement planning have been reported in the literature, little is known about the influence that specific retirement-related issues have on retirement planning. We examine the influence of five concerns—the individual’s financial situation, living situation, care provision, health condition, and loneliness—on retirement planning. In addition, we investigate the influence of these concerns on individuals’ perceptions of their ideal post-retirement situations in terms of financial standards. Our dataset is derived from a 2010 web-based survey of the care and well-being sector in the Netherlands.


Healthcare Cooperatives Retirement planning Uncertainty 

JEL Classification

D12 D60 G23 I31 J26 



The authors thank the editor, Charles Steindel, and two anonymous referees for heir valuable comments that helped to improve this paper. The authors are also grateful to Edward Groenland and Susan Bruning van der Werf for their valuable assistance.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Nyenrode Business UniversiteitBreukelenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of EconomicsUniversity of CreteRethymnoGreece
  3. 3.Department of Social SciencesWageningen UniversityWageningenThe Netherlands
  4. 4.TIAS School for Business and SocietyTilburg UniversityTilburgThe Netherlands
  5. 5.Centre for Entrepreneurship, Governance & StewardshipNyenrode Business UniversiteitBreukelenThe Netherlands

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